California Healthy Cities and Communities – A Legacy of Accomplishments
This publication gives a brief history of the Center for Civic Partnerships and the California Healthy Cities and Communities (CHCC) program, and highlights the continued progress of several early CHCC participants: Berkeley, Chino Hills, Duarte, Escondido, Glendale, Oceanside and West Hollywood.
What began in 1988 as a vision of bringing the World Health Organization’s Healthy Cities model to California, has grown and fl ourished to become the largest and longest running statewide program of its kind in the nation.
The CHCC Program assists local leaders with developing, implementing and evaluating inclusionary, community-driven programs, policies and plans which address the environmental, social and economic determinants of health. Participants have improved their communities in the areas of safety, youth and leadership development, healthy aging, cross-cultural understanding, nutrition and physical activity, quality of life measurement and others.